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Sep 07, 2010

CDW Will Manage Adobe Licensing and Delivery to NetHope Members

CDW Will Manage Adobe Licensing and Delivery to NetHope MembersVERNON HILLS, Ill. – September 7, 2010 – CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced an alliance with NetHope, a non-profit collaborative of technology leaders from 31 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to deliver and manage 25,000 licenses of Adobe® Acrobat® software to NetHope member organizations. CDW’s licensing services and delivery will enable NetHope’s member NGOs to boost productivity and facilitate collaboration, benefiting their humanitarian and conservation initiatives across the globe. Additionally, CDW built and hosts a customized portal through which NetHope members can track how they are using the Adobe software.

“CDW is proud to provide NetHope’s members with cost-effective licensing agreements that fulfill their technology needs, saving critical time and money to better serve people in emerging economies and remote areas of the world,” said Pat Kohl, CDW senior manager, Non-profit. “Licensing management is just one of the many services CDW offers to our customers, and it is especially fulfilling to provide such services to organizations dedicated to improving the human condition.”

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced its donation of the software to NetHope in March 2010, and CDW is supporting the donation with its licensing management services. Adobe Acrobat is designed to boost individual and team productivity, facilitate collaboration and increase organizational efficiency, which will support NetHope and its members in their design of technology solutions that can be replicated across many programs in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, education, natural resource management and micro-finance.

Collectively, NetHope members represent more than $33 billion of humanitarian development, emergency response and conservation programs in more than 180 countries.

“CDW’s services are very important to our members. They provide us a new capability that will empower staff based in the developing world to move from paper-based processes to electronic ones, optimizing limited resources and significantly extending their reach to beneficiaries,” said Jack Levy, global program director for NetHope. “CDW has been a key partner for us in this effort. The portal that CDW built and hosts enables NetHope to seamlessly administer the software grant and further understand how the software is used. CDW has been a terrific partner in this effort.”

“Adobe is pleased to collaborate with an organization like CDW to assist NetHope as they harness the power of technology to help solve problems facing the NGO community in their humanitarian and conservation work,” said Michelle Mann, executive director of the Adobe Foundation.

About CDW
CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Ranked No. 41 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 6,150 coworkers. In the twelve months trailing June 30, 2010, the company generated sales of $8.1 billion. For more information, visit